Mission & Core Values
Sarita Kenedy East established The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation with the mission to support and fund mostly Catholic, educational, charitable, and religious activities primarily in South Texas.
The goal of the Foundation is to nurture and advance endeavors which contribute to the following core values:
- Help Break the Cycle of Poverty; Assisting People to Help Themselves
- Develping the Catholic Faith; Advancing Spirituality
- Nurturing Support and Love for Catholic Institutions; Cultivating a Passion for Learning
- Fostering Respect; Encouraging Cooperative, Collaborative Partnerships
The Foundation encourages grants with large “ripple effects,” that is, those which generate benefits which spread beyond their primary grantee into the wider community. They also encourage “seed money” grants, whereby Foundation support provides a needed catalyst or first step to very significant, and preferably ongoing, positive core value effects. Although its principal beneficiary is Catholic charities, the Foundation supports non-sectarian charities in Texas to the extent of at least 10 per cent of its annual distributions. Non-sectarian institutions are defined as non-religious and not church related.